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Heck … Eric just keeps on posting away and apologizing about no posting more often, and here I am keeping quiet.
Let’s see what kinds of excuses I can come up with, but first I’ll list some recent booksale acqusitions (recent meaning Sunday morning):
- Macaulay’s Lays of Ancient Rome.
- A famous an influential imagining of the ‘lost’ ballads of the early Roman Republic by the great essayist and historian of England.
- T.Z. Lavine’s From Socrates to Sartre
- A popular survey.
- Lily Ross Taylor’s Party Politics in the Age of Caesar
- A classic on politics at the end of the Republic by a Bryn Mawr professor.
- Harold Lamb’s Alexander of Macedon
- A biography apparently bordering on historical fiction.
- G.E. Duckworth’s The Nature of Roman Comedy: a Study in Popular Entertainment
- Described by Sander M. Goldberg as “the single most comprehensive guide to Roman comedy.” Dope.
- John Summerson’s The Classical Language of Architecture
- Looks to be a very readable guide with essays, illustrations, and a nice glossary.
- Will Durant’s The Life of Greece
- Volume 2 in the series ‘The Story of Civilization.’ It apparently sweeps through from 3500 to 146 BC, and is said to be enjoyable.
- The Works of Geoffrey Chaucer from the Riverside Press, Cambridge
- Complete text with notes and glossary.
- A Conrad Argosy, edited by William McFee
- A large, pretty anthology (Heart of Darkness, the Secret Sharer, …) with woodcuts.
- Justin Kaplan’s Mr. Clemens and Mark Twain
- Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award. And it’s about Mark Twain!
That last book leads me to excuses. I’ve been obsessed with Mark Twain lately. While his works are classics, they’re classics of a different sort. In the past week I’ve read The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Tom Sawyer Abroad, Tom Sawyer Detective, and numerous short pieces, and have begun Life on the Mississippi.
There’s that and my current job search. And being sick.
But here’s hoping all turns out well in the end.
Good book buys always help, especially when you get all of the above for $16.
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Sorry for the lack of posts around here lately. In the meantime, here’s an image of Vergil from the manuscript Vat. lat. 3867 (folio 14, recto).
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Not much survives from the decoration of the so-called Basilica of Junius Bassus on the Esquiline, but there are four panels located in two different museums in Rome: the Museo Nazionale Romano located in Palazzo Massimo alle Terme and the Palazzo dei Conservatori in the Capitoline Museums.
The Electa guide book for Palazzo Massimo gives us the following helpful information:
Two panels from the Basilica of Junius Bassus, consul in AD 331, show the extraordinary luxury that characterised the private residences of the artistocratic urban class of the 4th century AD. One panel represents the myth of Hylas abducted by the Nymphs and the other shows the beginning of a race at the circus. Along with two other panels which are now part of the collections at the Palazzo dei Conservatori, this panel belongs to the wall-decoration of a large hall which was a private baslica in a luxurious structure near the Esquiline. The existence of an inscription allows us to identify the hall as the property of the consul Junius Bassus, father of the Roman prefect of the same name. The latter, a Christian, died in AD 359.
After the hall was discovered in the 15th century it was destroyed, but all of the panels in opus sectile were seen and drawn by the well-known Renaissance artist Giuliano da Sangallo, who described them as a ‘cosa meravigliosa’ (thing of wonder).